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I do not have skin cancer, says Father Ted star Frank Kelly


Frank Kelly at Christmas FM studio

Frank Kelly at Christmas FM studio

Frank Kelly at Christmas FM studio

Fr Ted star Frank Kelly has dismissed reports that he has skin cancer and said he doesn't know what all the fuss has been about.

It was reported earlier this week that the actor had to undergo treatment for skin cancer.

But Frank (inset) has revealed that it was a routine procedure to remove some spots on hi s face.

"It's just two red spots, you go in and see a specialist and he takes out his little gun, zap zap and they're gone," he told the Herald.

"Sometimes you have to stay until the next day in the hospital so maybe that's why people think it's such a big deal, but I could be going home straight afterwards.

"People have been ringing me at home to ask if it's true, but it's been blown out of all proportion."

Frank (75) said the spots are marks of sun damage, but nothing to be concerned about.

"I'm a swimmer and if you've been swimming all your life you contract these spots during childhood," he said.

"It's skin damage from the sun, and when you're older they pop up and you have to get them removed. That's all it is."

The actor, who played Fr Jack in the comedy series, is busy promoting John B Keane's play Moll which is returning to the Gaiety at the end of January, and he made a guest appearance on Christmas FM yesterday.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "They always seem to cast me as a priest, never a bishop, though, so this is great fun."

Christmas FM has welcomed a host of celebs to its studios this year including singer Brian Kennedy and boyband Hometown, to raise funds for Age Action Ireland.

"We've raised more than €70,000," said Garvan Rigby, co-founder of Christmas FM. "It means that we can fund 30,000 home cares for elderly people across the country."